Message from John Mitchell, IPC President — The Only Constant is Change

In today’s column, I wanted to provide a glimpse into some of the changes happening internally at IPC. After a thorough review, I have decided to reorganize the staff into new divisions to facilitate better service to our members. I’d like to share them with you.

How We Got Here (and Where is Here)

When developing this approach, we turned to IPC’s mission:

IPC is a global trade association dedicated to furthering the competitive excellence and financial success of its members, who are participants in the electronics industry.

In pursuit of these objectives, IPC will devote resources to management improvement and technology enhancement programs, the creation of relevant standards, protection of the environment, and pertinent government relations.

IPC encourages the active participation of all its members in these activities and commits to full cooperation with all related organizations.

There are some significant ideas in the mission that we are striving to achieve: global trade association, success of the members, technology enhancement and government relations. These four concepts have translated into our four new divisions: Member Success (MS); Technology & Training (TT); Public Policy (PP); and International Relations (IR). Additionally, all of the support or back office activities will be grouped under Finance & Administration/Operations (OPs). As we are a global organization, where there is sufficient presence by IPC (as in China and the United States), local operations will have a similar structure, allowing IPC to function in a more uniform way globally.

10 Km (~30K Foot) View of Each Division

Let me share the high level intent of each division. First, Member Success is a group of functions that are focused on helping our members be more successful and taking an active role in helping them more fully benefit from their IPC membership. This group includes membership, member support, events and industry councils and market research.  Alicia Balonek, now senior director of events, has been promoted and will take overall responsibility for IPC events, including trade shows and conferences. Member success will be led by a new vice president (open position).

Technology & Training will continue to work on standards, certification & training and multimedia. TT is a critically important area that we will continue to enhance as it provides direct benefits to our members in terms of improved production quality and profitability and reduced rework. Dave Torp, vice president of standards and technology, will lead this group.

Public Policy will be based in Washington, D.C. and will coordinate with at least Brussels and Beijing (both to be developed in the near future). PP will keep our members informed of legislation and regulations that might impact their businesses and provide active leadership in promoting a science-based approach to new regulations. We plan to hire a new vice president of public policy.

International Relations will help IPC become even more globally visible and supportive of our members in each of the three areas above. Growth in regions where there is a heavy emphasis on electronics will help to drive IPC’s future expansion plans. David Bergman, vice president of international relations, will lead this initiative.

Operations/Finance provides the service and tools for the above divisions to achieve their various objectives. I view this group as the service segment to support the mission-based divisions. This area includes accounting, information technology, marketing, fulfillment and human resources.  Art Huenecke, currently our CIO, has had his responsibilities expanded to encompass this group and has had a title change to chief operating officer. Kim Sterling will have a title change to chief marketing officer.

IPC China will report directly to me through a new IPC China president. I expect our operations there to continue to grow and more fully mirror our headquarters structure, including each of the elements above (MS, TT, PP and OPs).

Special Projects will be an area that will allow exploration of new or short term initiatives without distracting staff from the core functions above. Ed Trackman, the latest addition to the IPC staff, has been hired as vice president of special projects.

We are searching for a vice president of member success, a president of IPC China and a vice president of public policy. If you know someone who might be interested in one of these positions, please request the full job posting from HR ( In addition, as some of you may be aware, Tony Hilvers (former vice president of industry programs) left IPC on July 6 to pursue other interests; we wish him well.

Looking Forward

I am looking forward to continuing to advance IPC in our mission around the globe. We have so many avenues available to help our members, including strengthening our technology division even further, connecting members with solutions, providing crucial information to our members on government relations and helping our members overcome business challenges with a more personal touch. IPC will be there to support you, no matter where you are located or what your challenges are.

As a final note, we will be hosting a free “meet the president” reception at IPC Midwest on Wednesday, August 22, at 4:00 pm. Please come and share your thoughts with us in person.


  1. Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    It is great to see the IPC mission driven changes. Near and dear to my heart is the President’s commitment to “continue to enhance” Technology & Training.” Those of us who run Authorized IPC Training Centers share a sacred trust with IPC HQ to help/serve each other.

  2. Posted July 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Floyd that it is great to see these latest actions, specifically as it relates to tech and training. It starts with a clear mission, accountability, organization and action. This is an exciting time at the IPC and for the industry as a whole. We’re ready to support your mission!

  3. Gene H. Weiner
    Posted July 25, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I just watched Dr. Mitchell’s brief video and read the reorganization announcement.

    It portends a propitious start to a new era.

    A sweeping change of frame with clear goals and work statements to meet our (IPC’s) mission were needed. Piecemeal changes rarely work.

    My colleagues and I stand ready to help and to provide input (sometimes contrarian) where and when we can.

    • Kim Sterling
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      thanks Gene!

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